How do you customize the opening space in a product? The following tutorial uses a Vertical Tall Starter with two bays to demonstrate two methods of using splitter subassemblies to customize product openings or bays.
Why are the splitters named the way they are? The name correlates to the opening you are splitting. In other words, you would use a Vertical Opening Splitter in a vertical opening as in a tall cabinet. You would use a Horizontal Opening Splitter in a horizontal opening as in wide base cabinet. The words vertical and horizontal do not apply to the orientation of the splitter parts but rather to the orientation of the opening in which they are used.
While on the subject of subassembly naming, “FF” in the name indicates face frame splitters. These subassemblies insert stiles and rails in the opening. The absence of “FF” in the name indicates that it will insert other types of cabinet parts in the opening.
To access the opening splitter subassemblies featured in this video, select Product Prompts > select the desired product.
Fig. 01 - Product Prompts
Right-click within the Product Prompts interface and select Subassemblies.
Fig. 02 - Subassemblies
From the Subassemblies Interface, the Opening Splitters menu is located within the left-hand pane.
Fig. 03 - Opening Splitters Menu
Subassembly Insertion - Original method (Pick Corners)
Double click the splitter subassembly you want to use to add it to the product. You will specify the opening to split in a later step
You may notice that the cells in the columns Width and Height of the subassembly contain the text “Use Pick” instead of values. The next step is to set those values. Click anywhere on the row of that subassembly, then right click to display the context menu and select “Pick Corners”. You will returned to AutoCAD and be asked to Enter a Point. Click on the lower left corner of the opening. You will then be asked to Pick the Next Point. Click on the upper right corner of the opening. By thus defining the opening size, the correct values for Width, Height, BasePointX, BasePointZ, and will be entered in the appropriate boxes. Click OK twice to redraw the cabinet.
This approach is great for customizing a single product, or for non-starter type cabinets. However, since the values are hard locked numbers and not formula driven, you must repeat the Pick Corners operation if the cabinet width is changed. The new method discussed below does not have this constraint.
Subassembly Insertion - New method (Default Starter type products only)
Display the product prompts screen.
Starter type products contain tabs, such as Bay 1 and Bay 2 that all you will use to specify the subassembly to use in that opening or bay. Click the Bay 1 tab.
Select Vertical Opening Splitter from the Bay 1 Options dropdown list box. Click OK twice to redraw the cabinet.
The width and height values are formula driven and respond to changes in the overall product width.
Splitter Subassembly Properties (Prompts)
This is the original method of telling the program what to do with the openings within the subassembly that was just inserted.
Right click in blank area of prompts screen, select Subassemblies.
Select the row for the subassembly to modify, right click, and select “Show Subassembly Prompts”.
Click on the tabs Opening 1 or Opening 2 to modify what is done with that area of the subassembly you inserted. This will create a nested subassembly within that parent subassembly.
This is the new method of telling the program what to do with the openings within the subassembly that was just inserted.
Click the palette bar “Modify -> Modify Subassemblies -> Show Subassembly Prompts” and carefully read the message. We want to view the parent splitter subassembly prompts so click No. The prompts allow you to configure the vertical splitter openings in much the same way as you configured the parent product openings by inserting the splitter to begin with.
Click “Main Tab -> Horizontal Openings” and set it to 2. The program will display two tabs, one named Opening 1, and a second named Opening 2.
Main Tab -> Opening 1 Height and Main Tab -> Opening 2 Height both contain read-only values (grayed out). These opening sizes are equal by default. In order to change those values, right click in a blank area of the prompts screen and click “Calculators -> Vertical Opening Calculator”. You may then enter specific values for the opening heights.
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